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Hearty winter menus warm up this round of Dallas restaurant news

Hearty winter menus warm up this round of Dallas restaurant news

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Roasted Butternut-Turmeric Hummus Photo courtesy of Whiskey Cake

For this round of Dallas restaurant news, things are pretty quiet as far as openings and closings but there are seasonal menus and winter specials galore.

Here's what's happening in Dallas dining news:

Abu Omar Halal, a Texas-based shawarma concept with locations in Houston, Austin, and College Station, has opened up a shop in Richardson. The concept was founded in 2011 by Abu Omar originally as a halal food truck in Houston (then known as "Abu Omar Taco"). They soon discovered that chicken shawarma was a customer favorite, and have since focused almost entirely on Mediterranean classics, including our specialty shawarma. Abu Omar Halal now has 14 locations across Texas. They're at 811 S. Central Expy., 469-580-7240.

Original ChopShop, known for protein bowls, salads, sandwiches, and juice, is opening a location in Allen at the new Stacy Green Shopping Center, at 829 W. Stacy Rd. across from the Allen Premium Outlets. Original ChopShop debuted in North Texas in 2018; this will be its sixth DFW location and 14th system-wide. It'll feature a 335-square-foot patio, and will open in January 2020.

Genghis Grill, the build-your-own stir-fry chain, will open a location at Epic Central Grand Prairie, at 3148 Hwy. 161, Ste. 420, on December 20. The location will feature the chain's new interior design, with a bright interior, colorful booths, and new graphics. The restaurant will also feature a takeout pick-up area. This is the first new restaurant Genghis Grill has opened in Dallas-Fort Worth in five years, and is the chain's 15th restaurant in the DFW market.

Rusty Taco is offering two new seasonal menu items: savory BBQ Brisket Nachos and Adult Hot Chocolate. The BBQ Brisket Nachos feature tortilla chips topped with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese, queso, pico de gallo and BBQ sauce. Chorizo, ground beef, or chicken may be substituted. Adult Hot Chocolate features warm cocoa, cinnamon liqueur, whipped cream and a hint of cinnamon sprinkled on top. They'll be available through February 2.

Ocean Prime Dallas has undertaken a remodel with new lighting, furniture, finishes, and accessories along with several new and updated menu items. They include: A refurbished foyer and reception area, new wine features, new, enclosed patio, a reimagined OP Lounge with lowered ceilings, and new landscaping. New menu items include Ocean Roll with tuna, salmon, hamachi, and avocado; and Lobster Mac & Cheese.

The French Room Bar at The Adolphus has launched a "Bubble Lounge" throughout December in partnership with Perrier-Jouet that includes elaborate décor and a special champagne and cocktail menu. Perrier-Jouët champagnes are being served by the glass, including Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut ($20) and Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs NV ($28) as well as by the bottle, with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut ($300) and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé ($550).

Jinya Ramen Bar has revived its popular Tokyo Tonkotsu ramen at all locations through February 29, alongside a brand-new cocktail menu featuring Japanese whiskies, low-ABV Shochu cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Tokyo Tonkotsu is made with pork broth, pork chashu, green onion, kikurage, onion, seasoned egg and thin ramen noodles. New cocktails include Yatagarasu, a charcoal-activated cocktail with Toki whisky, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup; and Komerabi Sour, with Toki whisky, fresh lemon juice and berries.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria has introduced its first-ever seasonal menu, available through March 3, 2020. Dishes include Winter Harvest Salad with Brussels sprouts on a bed of arugula with red onions, bacon, feta cheese, dried cranberries and balsamic dressing; Sausage & Wine-Braised Onion Pizza; Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake; and Eggnog Cheesecake.

Malibu Poke has launched its first seasonal menu for winter with seasonal bowls, soup, and noodles. They include the Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Bowl with sweet potato, basil, carrot, smoked almonds, and tempura flakes in a Coconut Curry Sauce; poke tacos; and hot sides like miso soup, hot garlic ramen noodles, and spicy chili edamame. Available at both Malibu Poke locations.

Slater's 50/50 has debuted a holiday menu with butternut squash soup "shooters,' Christmas tree fondue, sliders, and a Holiday Slider Flight featuring miniature versions of the signature Best Damn Bacon Cheeseburger, plant-based Impossible Meatball burger, and sweet-and-savory PB & Jellousy burger. A special 24 Karat Burger is made with a half-pound Wagyu beef patty topped with 24-karat gold-dusted bacon, truffle cheese, arugula, and bacon jam on a 24 karat gold-dusted brioche bun. Do people really want to eat 24K gold? Desserts include peppermint cheesecake and bacon peppermint bark, and Slater’s also has seven new holiday-inspired cocktails like Santa’s Adult Milk & Cookies, Naughty or Spiced, and Rum Pom Pom Pom. The items are available through December 31.

Sixty Vines has added a new lineup of winter menu items jthat include shared plates, entrees and a dessert. Menu highlights include
Seared Ahi Tuna, Baked Ricotta, Ahi Tuna Burger, Lamb Chops, Short Rib Pappardelle.

Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar has added new winter menu items for the chilly season. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus have new appetizers, entrees, salads, sandwiches, dessert, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Menu highlights include Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Grilled Mauritius Redfish, Cauliflower-Browned Butter Soup, and Garlic Grilled Ribeye. New seasonal appetizers include Thick Cut Candied Bacon and Roasted Butternut-Turmeric Hummus. New entrees include Lamb T-Bones and Garlic Grilled Ribeye with charred broccoli and candied cashews.

Hutchins BBQ has new hours for their Frisco location: Monday through Sunday from 11am-9 pm. They were previously closed on Mondays. Yay for BBQ every day of the week. Founded by BBQ craftsman Roy Hutchins in 1978, Hutchins BBQ is operated by brothers, Tim, Tracy and Wes Hutchins and has locations in McKinney and Frisco.

Local Yocal Farm to Market, the butcher shop and local goods store in McKinney, has launched an online store. In its first phase, the online shop offers farm fresh Wagyu and DNA Verified 100% Angus beef, with 13 cuts to choose from, from ground burger to a boneless ribeye. Items can be picked up at the store in historic downtown McKinney or shipped anywhere in the United States. Meat is vacuum-sealed and frozen for freshness. Local Yocal will continue adding additional items including house-made sausages, poultry, holiday meats, and locally sourced pantry products like coffee, seasonings, honey, and jams.

Bartaco's new cocktail is the Blood, Sweat & Cheers Margarita, a spicy blood orange margarita shaken with fresh jalapenos and smoked pepper agave. It's available until January 14.

BurgerFi has two new items: Wagyu Bacon Cheddar Melt has two Wagyu patties, bacon, white cheddar, caramelized onions, and steak sauce aioli pressed between thick-cut Texas-style toast. Available through the end of the year for $9.77. Milk & Cookies Shake has Madagascar vanilla custard with chocolate chip cookies and sprinkles. Available through January 12 for $5.

Olive Garden has brought back Oven Baked Pastas: Smoked Mozzarella Shrimp Rigatoni, Four Meat Italian Mac & Cheese, Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken, and Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo.

Pinstack is serving its last round of chef specials for 2019. Available until December 31 at all three North Texas locations are the Shrimp Scampi Pizza and the American-made Reuben Sandwich.

DFW Edible Arrangements stores recently launched a new line of gourmet food products that expands beyond its sought after food arrangements. The new line of products includes cookies, cheesecakes, and platters. The new products are only available in select markets throughout the United States, and Dallas is one of the first to offer these new gourmet treats.

Jarritos Soda, the No. 1 soft drink in Mexico and among Latinos in the United States, will be available as a fountain soft drink at 7-Eleven.  Mandarin, one of Jarritos’ most popular flavors, will be available as a Big Gulp for a limited time at participating stores. The beverage is a mainstay at taquerias but has only been sold in bottles until now.

Mr. Misster, the cocktail lounge in Cedar Springs strip, has released three new holiday cocktails: Apple Cider Margarita with apple cider, Casamigos Blanco tequila, and a sugar/cinnamon rim; Salted Caramel White Russian, with Kahlua Salted Caramel, Stoli Salted Caramel Vodka, half & half; and Fireball Apple Pie.

Shiner has a new S'more beer. Shiner is celebrating its 111th year of being an independent brewery by teaming up with another Texas-based independent company, Tejas Chocolate, on the fan-favorite winter seasonal. Shiner S'more is brewed with roasted malts, artisan chocolate by Tejas, and marshmallows and completed with hints of graham crackers and vanilla notes.